Just a few of the speakers at this year's EA2013.

Keynote Speakers

Sendur Kathirgamanathan

Sendur Kathir

Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Head of Infrastructure, The University of Melbourne

As CIO, Sendur has University wide carriage for IT strategy and policy development, and delivery of required information and communication technology services to support the University’s mission in research, teaching and learning, and engagement. As Head of Infrastructure, Sendur has oversight of the University major projects, property and campus services.

Sendur has played an important role is developing the University’s eResearch infrastructure over the past 2 years, culminating in the release of the first research cloud in Australia. Other significant achievements in research infrastructure have been the construction of a large data centre, high performance computing and very high speed networks.

Sendur serves as company director for a number of organizations including Victorian Education and Research Network (VERNet) and Council of Australian University Directors of IT (CAUDIT). Sendur is also actively involved in key Commonwealth funded research initiatives such as the $47M National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR), $50M Research Data Storage Initiative (RDSI) and National Research Network (NRN) projects.

Andy Rowsell-Jones

Andy Rowsell-Jones

Vice President and Research Director, CIO & Executive Leadership Research Team, Gartner

Andy Rowsell-Jones’s recent work has focused on Mobile, Lean in IT, Enterprise Architecture, performance metrics, portfolio management, IT cost reduction, stakeholder management and defining the management agendas for CIOs.

With interests in business and technology, strategy, management, organization, and profit and cost improvement programs, Andy brings a wealth of executive advisory expertise and experience.

Prior to joining Gartner, Andy worked for a number of management consultancies, including Accenture and Arthur D. Little, servicing clients in the financial services sector. He has worked extensively in Asia, Europe and North America.

Christine Stephenson

Christine Stephenson

Enterprise Services Manager, Enterprise Architects

With over 10 years experience in enterprise architecture, Christine has held positions in the healthcare, mining, government, transport, retail and finance markets. Christine has the ability to demonstrate how enterprises can execute strategies that will drive their development as a business using simple methods and techniques.

Christine has established enterprise architecture capabilities, executed enterprise application roadmaps and developed enterprise architecture strategies for several major multi-national organisations. She is a skilled business architect as well with experience in Business Process Management, Business Analysis and Process Improvement.

In her position of Enterprise Services Manager, Christine has a varied role which focuses on account management, enterprise architecture consulting, recruitment as well as conducting TOGAF® training.

Mike Counsel

Michael Counsel

Vice President - Enterprise Architecture, Asia Pacific, Oracle

Michael has been with Oracle for 18 years and leads the Strategic Programs and Industries team, who are focused on driving customer solutions involving specific industry requirements integrated with packaged applications while incorporating a complete enterprise architecture view.

Michael has worked on many large projects and has designed end to end business processes and deployment models for back office and front office processing while leading large teams to achieve their goals. These areas have covered Financials, Supply Chain, Human Resources and Payroll as well as the front office systems of CRM and other customer and channel management services.

In addition to his enterprise architecture engagements, Mikes core expertise covers the technical design activities for large companies looking at global or societal scale operations often involving major transformation strategies and improving IT operational behaviour to deliver better value to the business.

Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper

Executive Advisor, CEB

Chris Cooper is an Executive Advisor with CEB IT, advising the firm's CIO, Enterprise Architecture, and Project Management members. Chris spends half his time deeply involved in the development of new best-practices, tools, and data across these domains, and the other half facilitating on-site and virtual workshops for member companies. Prior to joining CEB, Chris earned his MBA from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

Chris was previously based in Washington DC, but now lives in Sydney, Australia.


Ric Phillips

Ric Phillips

Enterprise Architect, Monash University

Ric Phillips is an Enterprise Architect at Monash University. He has fifteen years of experience working to improve the delivery of technology services in higher education. First in designing and implementing service management process. Later in information architecture and policy development. Currently he is a member of Monash University’s enterprise architecture team. Ric also has a long association with the Symposium. He hosted the 2008 event at La Trobe University and has presented at a number of pervious Symposia.

Moon Towers and Radiated Libraries: Enterprise Architecture and The Uncertainty of Technology

What will matter next? It is uncertain exactly what Universities will become in the new world of higher education networks. Yet there is a great deal enterprise architects can do today to recognise and prepare for the things that will matter there.  

Carlo Abinoja

Carlo Abinoja

Application Architecture Analyst

Carlo Abinoja has been involved in the genesis of two Enterprise Architecture teams, and has had front row seats in the trials and tribulations of setting up an architecture capability within an organisation. Baptised early in the EA fires of DHS, and using his second wind as part of the Monash University team, Carlo has embraced the communications and “social work” required in the infancy of EA practices. Utilising multiple EA tools in the process such as iServer and Casewise, he now has a penchant for creating EA diagrams with copious amounts of conditional formatting.

Architects are People Too 

Carlo will provide examination of the required communications (and related problems) inherent in Enterprise Architecture from both a strategic (Act 1) and implementation (Act 2) perspective.  

Rajesh Padmawar

Rajesh Padmawar

Infrastructure & Workplace Architect, The University of Melbourne

Rajesh is accountable for integrated planning, effective stakeholder engagement and communication of comprehensive information and communication technology architectures that support the University’s strategies and enterprise plans. Currently, Rajesh covers various aspect of Enterprise Architecture, delivering the Strategic Roadmaps and Technology Blueprints for Cloud, Storage, Network, Unified Comms., VDI and Data Centres. These efforts have resulted in establishing coherent Architectural/SDLC processes, rational investment in projects/initiatives. Rajesh has also developed Architecture Principles, Policies, Standards, and Reference Architectures, which streamlined the solution design, implementation process and optimised the utilisation of resources.

Advancing EA Practice in the Midst of Storm...Challenges Faced

Rajesh will talk about how various forces - be it market driven or in-house, can affect the architecture practice. Discuss challenges faced, and provide insights on essential components of advancing the practice of EA. 

Rizan Rizvi

Rizan Rizvi

Manager - Enterprise Architect, The University of Sydney

Rizan Rizvi is working at the University of Sydney as the IT Manager for Enterprise Architecture. Rizan is an experienced IT advisor and enterprise architect, innovator and strategist inspired by entrepreneurial spirit. Rizan enjoy challenging and disrupting the way we think and do business. He is known for my versatility, innovation and passion for delivering high quality outcomes, and I have built a strong reputation for overcoming complex challenges.

Increasing Our Shared Understanding to Developing Actionable Roadmaps 

Devendra Nambiar

Devendra Nambiar

Enterprise Architect, Catholic Education Services

Devendra Nambiar was Director, Enterprise Architecture at Victoria University; he also worked as Director EA and PMO for Experian Global Product Development, worked as EA consultant to Melbourne University, and is now Enterprise Architect for ICON Program at Catholic Educations Services and responsible for centralizing, moving all services to the Cloud, and establishing appropriate managed service provider to ensure support and sustainability of the services. At VU he was responsible for modeling the Business, Process and Architectures of the university. He also ensures investment decisions align VU's Business Strategy. Prior to joining VU, Devendra held a range of senior positions in complex organisations such as Boeing Constructors Inc., Westpac-TMC, Lion Nathan, Woolworths Limited and the University of Melbourne.  With over 15 years experience in the IT industry he has led Capability Maturity Model changes in manufacturing, banking, retail, wholesale and defence sectors. He has also managed a variety of technical and business projects with a business service delivery focus. He played a significant role in strategic planning, Enterprise Architecture and policy development for information technology and programs for these organisations.   Mr. Nambiar is a member of various Industry Associations, is an Executive ITIL and ISACA certified professional, studied Engineering and Business Studies and holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Management, and a Master of Business Administration from University of South Australia.

Enterprise Architecture 2015 and Beyond

Devendra will show us how fast EA practice has grown in the span of just last five years and what lies ahead for EA, how successful EAs will stand the test of time. 

Chris Cooper

Rajeev Arora

Head - Enterprise Architecture & Value Management

With over 30 years’ experience in business IT systems, Rajeev’s work in IT strategy and enterprise architecture spans telecommunications, banking, energy sector, utilities, government, mining and manufacturing industries. He has led a number of change programs in ASX20 organisations and leading state and federal government agencies. He has frequently worked with collaborative research centres (CRCs) and as an industry lecturer in graduate courses in enterprise architecture and distributed systems. Rajeev is the founder of boutique consulting firm, SystemSmiths, focusing on defining and implementing systems spanning markets, organisations, people and technology. His current role at Victoria University as Head - Enterprise Architecture & Value Management helps him combine his two passions: enterprise architecture and learning and education operations often involving major transformation strategies and improving IT operational behaviour to deliver better value to the business.

Role of EA in Obvious and Disruptive HE Innovation

Hear Rajeev on what's causing disruptions and wave of innovation in HE and how EA practices, engagement models and organisational change can help us convert this challenge into opportunities.   

Justin Butcher

Justin Butcher

Managing Director, MXA Consulting

Justin has 15 years active experience as an enterprise and solution architect, including management architecture teams and consulting practice leadership. Justin’s experience in the education sector includes experience as an applied mathematics tutor at the ANU and five years as a secondary teacher and adult IT-skills educator. Justin holds a M.Ed. degree. Over the last 3 years Justin has consulted to 30 organisations across Australia on enterprise architecture topics. Justin understands the issues facing the higher education sector. Justin’s articles on enterprise architecture have been published in CIO Magazine and other publications and he is an accomplished presenter.

Enterprise Architecture: Why We Keep Getting It Wrong?

Justin will present his analysis of the top 5 mistakes made in EA based on the anonymous survey conducted on the spot. He will provide expert opinion on what should be done to avoid those mistakes. 

Ettienne Reinecke

Ettienne Reinecke

Chief Technology Officer, Dimension Data

Ettienne joined Dimension Data in 1991 and was appointed Chief Technology Officer in 1998. In this role on the Executive Committee, he heads the Group's new technology and research areas and provides leadership in its solution and services strategies. Ettienne is also Dimension Data's executive responsible for joint development initiatives with the NTT Group. During his 21 years with the Group, Ettienne's thought leadership and vision has played a key role in Dimension Data's success. In 1996, Ettienne held the role of Managing Director of a start-up company and Dimension Data subsidiary, Omnilink, which the Group merged with Internet Solutions in 1999. In the late 1990s, Ettienne was closely involved with the Group's globalisation efforts. From 1998 to 2002, he sat on the Board of Dimension Data Holdings, prior to joining the Group's Executive Committee. In 2011, Ettienne was instrumental in the establishment of Dimension Data's Cloud Business Unit. In addition, he also held a dual role of Chief Technology Officer and Group Executive: Network Integration for some years. Ettienne holds a B.Engineering (Stellenbosch), B. Engineering (Hons) (University of Pretoria) and M.Engineering (University of Pretoria).

Sandy Britain

Sandy Britain

Enterprise Architect, Architecting the Enterprise

Dr. Sandy Britain has a particular interest in and wide experience of the socio-technical organisation of education. He has published work from his research using cybernetics approaches in the UK universities sector which was funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). He later re-located to New Zealand where he acted as a senior advisor to the Ministry of Education on interoperability and e-education. More recently he led the Enterprise Architecture programme for a national education transformation initiative in Brunei. He is TOGAF 9 certified and currently works teaching and consulting in Enterprise Architecture for Architecting the Enterprise Ltd.

Building a Sustainable Strategic Enterprise Architecture Capability

Sandy will present analysis of variety of other structural problems within organisations from a common perspective provided by the conceptual framework of cybernetics and in particular the Viable Systems Model (VSM). 

Pankaj Kambo

Pankaj Kambo

Manager - Integration Competency Centre (ICC), The University of Melbourne

Pankaj is managing the portfolio of Enterprise Integration Services at The University of Melbourne. Pankaj is an accomplished and Integrity-driven professional offering 16 years of experience in technology and architecture space, covering various industries Banking, Insurance, Telecommunication, Manufacturing and Higher Education.

Pankaj has been instrumental in shaping Integration Competency Centre by providing expert business transformation services through development of scalable and cutting-edge solutions. He has positioned ICC to face challenges posed by futuristic integration between Cloud services, Legacy applications and plethora of mobile devices.

Pankaj has passionately delivered strategic solutions and enterprise architecture  by adopting agile practices. Pankaj brings a wealth of experience in agile development and delivery methodologies. He pioneered adoption of agile development in The University of Melbourne and has successfully delivered multiple projects.